Anyone have lap band out/sleeve in one surgery as outpatient?


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I'm a little nervous that I'm finding most do this double procedure with a hospital stay. My doctor is planning on doing it as outpatient. Anyone had it done this way? Should I have a family member help me for a few days? In other words, how long before I can get to the bathroom by myself...lol.

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Hi Allie - I can say that for just the gastric sleeve procedure, I was in the hospital for three days.. I have seen varying stays for the procedure - but was very glad I was in the hospital having someone watch over me for that duration

My surgeon liked to make sure I could keep fluids down and I did the barium test.


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I'm sorry I can't offer any insight to the revision aspect of your question, but I had my sleeve done on an outpatient basis! I walked into the hospital at 7:30 AM and walked out at 6:00 PM (with some help). I was able to go to the restroom by myself within hours of waking up from surgery. From my experience, a hospital stay wouldn't be out of the question. You'll be uncomfortable and possibly having a hard time getting/keeping liquids down. Having people to help is very important. My boyfriend was with me almost at all times for the next 4 days or so, making sure I get in liquids, helping me get around, and making sure I walked and used the incentive spirometer every hour for maybe 12-14 hours each day. I can assure you; it's very nice, possibly necessary, to have people around who care.

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I had both at the same time 3 months ago, and while my Dr. required an overnight stay, I really think I could have done it as outpatient. I know I most definitely would have preferred doing it as outpatient. Hospital stays suuuuuck.

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I agree ... I'll take my bed over a hospital bed any day! Thanks to everyone for your comments. This helps me so much in knowing what to expect and how to prepare. I'm definitely going to require more help than I originally planned for.

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Mine was outpatient. Since I am 1 1/2 hour away from the hospital, I stayed in a hotel near the hospital and went to the doc office 1st thing the next morning to be checked before going home.

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I'm planning on band to DS revision. Doc says no overnight stay if at all possible because he believes we heal faster and have less risk of infection while at home.


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